07/31/2012 12:43 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Sharks WR/DB Terrance Smith has been named to the 2012 Arena Football League All-Ironman Team.
In his second AFL season, the 25-year-old Smith started all 18 of Jacksonville’s regular-season games in addition to last Saturday’s playoff opener against the Georgia Force. Smith began the season as the team’s top playmaking threat, starting the Sharks’ first 16 regular-season games at wide receiver and emerging as one of the top kick returners in the league. Over the last three weeks, Smith has switched to defense and excelled at that position as well.
Overall, Smith led the Sharks with 1,158 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions in 2012, finishing second on the team with 99 receptions. In Week 6 against the Utah Blaze, Smith set the team’s individual season highs with 154 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions.
Serving as the team’s primary kick returner, Smith established new franchise records with 1,707 kickoff return yards, 77 missed field goal return yards, 2,984 all-purpose yards and three kickoff return touchdowns. In the first quarter of the team’s Week 4 game against Tampa Bay, Smith returned back-to-back kickoffs for touchdowns. He also established a single-game franchise record with 196 kickoff return yards against Philadelphia in Week 15.
Smith finished the regular season fourth among all AFL players with an average of 165.8 all-purpose yards per game and tied for fifth in the league with an average of 20.3 yards per kickoff return.
After spending the entire season on offense, Smith executed his switch to defensive back when Micheaux Robinson sustained an injury during the team’s Week 18 win against the Milwaukee Mustangs. After Robinson was placed on injured reserve prior to the next same, Smith has started each of the team’s last three games at defensive back and recorded an interception in each of those contests.
After playing collegiately at South Carolina State and spending time with the Green Bay Packers during the 2010 NFL season, Smith began his AFL career with the Sharks in 2011. Splitting time between Jack linebacker and defensive back that year, Smith ranked third on the team with 65.5 total tackles and tied for second among Shark defenders with six interceptions.
Smith is one of six players selected to the All-Ironman team. He joins Pittsburgh WR/KR P.J. Berry, Spokane DB/KR Terrance Sanders, Philadelphia WR/KR Jeff Hughley, Milwaukee WR/LB Marcus Everett and Kansas City WR/KR Jackie Chambers on the squad.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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